Lingdale

Lingdale

Lingdale is a village in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The village is relatively new in comparison with many of the villages and towns in the East Cleveland area, such as Guisborough. Lingdale was only built in the 1870s as a village for the mine workers and was located next to a mine. The mine was also served by a railway; this was never a passenger line but it operated as a centre of trade for the Lingdale mines until its closure in 1964. Few traces remain to be seen today. Although originally a village exclusively for mine workers Lingdale slowly developed to be a village for all to come and make their home in. After the closure of the mines all the mine workers' houses became vacant and ordinary folk were able to live in them. As with the railway little remains, most significantly the overgrown entrance to the mine. However much of Lingdale's mining past disappeared with the demolition of the then very much run-down miners' houses. Today modern 1980s council houses stand on the sites of the mine workers' houses. A few mineworkers' houses still stand although now somewhat modernised. Many of Lingdale's older Victorian houses, not associated with mine workers, still stand as does the Lingdale United Reformed Church, a Victorian chapel-like building, and a number of other churches. This is the birthplace of Bobby Smith former Spurs and England centre forward, who played in their double-winning side of 1961. The residents of Lingdale and East Cleveland in general are referred to as "Woolly Backs" by Teesside's urban, "townie" population.

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